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Ray Graham | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 192

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National Football Post's Russ Lande writes Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham could be a starter in the NFL if healthy.
"Returning from a knee injury suffered in 2011, Graham finished his college career on a high note by having the best statistical season in his final season with 1,042 yards, but after running a 4.80 40 at the Combine he is unlikely to be drafted," Lande writes. "Instinctive and deceptively quick footed, Graham finds the open hole/crease and gets through it faster than his 40 time would have you expect. His ability to change directions quickly helps him to easily make tacklers miss. While a running back who runs a 4.80 40 is going to have trouble shining in the NFL, if he gets all the way back to his pre-injury form in 2013 (Which will be nearly two years since the injury, which is usually the amount of time a running back needs to get back to 100%) then he could develop into a productive and versatile starting tailback in the NFL." Mon, Apr 22, 2013 03:12:00 PM

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Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham measured 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds at this week's East-West Shrine weigh-in.

Graham has 9 3/8-inch hands, which are good sized for such a small fella. NFL evaluators like big hands on running backs because it can help with ball security. By all accounts, Graham has been the best back on the East squad this week, ahead of Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt) and Montel Harris (Temple). At 5-foot-9, 192, Graham isn't far off Ray Rice's 2008 Combine weigh-in (5'8/199).
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 09:25:00 PM

Per CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler, Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham has looked like the quickest player on the field during early East-West Shrine practices.

East-West Shrine invitees donned full pads for the first time Tuesday and Graham was an early standout, as expected. Aside from missing January's Compass Bowl with a hamstring injury, Graham finished the year on a tear with at least 94 rushing yards in four of his last five games. He's a middle-round prospect.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 10:36:00 AM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham will miss the Compass Bowl with a hamstring injury.

The news is surprising, as this would have been Graham's final collegiate game. As the Panthers best offensive player, Graham looked to get back to his pre-injury form during the game against Notre Dame. He is expected to attend the East-West Shrine Game.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

This is a great get for the Shrine Game as Graham is one of the more underrated senior runners due to an injury late in his junior season. Graham started slow in 2012 but hit his stride against Notre Dame, running more aggressively while hitting the hole with authority.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 01:30:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries Saturday against USF.

Both of Graham's touchdowns came from one yard out, but one showed off his lateral cutting ability in trash, breaking an inside run off tackle with one quick move. He has looked quite healthy these last few weeks, and Graham's production has backed that up. We look forward to seeing how he handles a post season all star game and the pre-draft process.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 10:10:00 AM

Pitt senior RB Ray Graham rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries, as well as 50 yards on five receptions, Saturday against Rutgers.

Ever since the Notre Dame game, Graham has looked healthy and continues to run hard. He was caught form behind a few times Saturday, but it is good to see the senior running like his old form.
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 05:07:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham rushed for 41 yards on 15 carries Friday against UConn.

He added 21 receiving yards on three receptions. Graham was held in check all day but did show pre-injury form against Notre Dame last weekend. Medicals will be the key for the senior during the pre-draft process.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 11:59:00 AM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries Saturday against Notre Dame.

He added six receptions for 25 yards. Graham looked liked his pre-injury self, knifing through lanes while making people miss at the second level. Coaches had urged Graham to hit the hole faster and harder, and he seemingly obliged.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 09:02:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham and junior WR Devin Street have denied their alleged involvement in an October 21 incident and school officials says the two will not be suspended at this time.

That means both will likely play Saturday against Notre Dame. In the school's words, they will not "rush to judgment on these misdemeanor allegations." The duo could be considered the focal points of the Panthers offense, so their absence would have been a brutal blow.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 12:44:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham was charged with assault and conspiracy Thursday following an incident that occurred last month.

In the incident, the alleged victim claimed to police that he was surrounded by the three players and one, junior receiver Devin Street, punched him at some point. The victim then refused medical treatment and did not want to file a police report, but Graham and two other Panthers will be summoned to court in January. Pittsburgh has yet to comment on the situation and the team plays Notre Dame on Saturday.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 09:03:00 AM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries Saturday against Temple.

Graham added four receptions for 71 yards. The senior was instructed to hit the hole harder this week rather than wasting steps behind the line of scrimmage. The gameplan paid off, and Graham showed patience at the second level while working behind blockers.
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 03:32:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham has been encouraged by coaches to hit the hole more quickly.

"It’s something we really stress," offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said. "It’s something he did do better (last Saturday against Buffalo). He hit a couple things vertical." Basically, Graham has been dancing too much rather than hitting the hole directly, north and south.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 03:50:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham rushed for only 20 yards on six carries Saturday against Louisville.

Graham picked up half of his yards on one carry and was stuffed on the rest. The senior may still be healing from last year's major knee injury, but NFL team's have seen limited production and somewhat tentative downfield moves. Graham is like a third day pick in April.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 02:46:00 PM

Pittsburgh senior RB Ray Graham rushed for a measly 2.4 yards per carry on way to a total of 57 yards versus Syracuse on Friday.

This was not for a lack of a Panthers passing attack, which was much more effective than the running game. Still, Graham has been sporadic with his production this season and certainly does not look like the runner who started 2011 on a tear.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 01:14:00 PM